A PHOTO GALLERY OF STREET LIFE IN ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Following on from my city guide to colonial Antigua and its colourful neighbourhoods and architecture, I thought it was time to collate a little photo gallery of my favourites!
Before arriving in Antigua, I had seem photos of the classic Arco de Santa Catalina on many Instagram accounts and maybe even the myriad of colours of the shabby walled buildings, however Antigua has way more to offer than you see on the gram.
Antigua is a colonial city steeped in so much history and I wanted to try and capture that in my posts, from the markets, to the locals going about their daily business, some of the architecture, which you can see more of in my previous post and alas some photos that would fit in well with Instagram content.
I have to admit, I don’t have the patience to stand at a spot for a long while and stage a photo for Instagram so for me, if I see something that catches my eye, like a coloured wall, building, colonial architecture or food item, then I frame the photo in my head within seconds and it quickly becomes an opportunity to shoot! Usually these ad-hoc photos are taken by Dr C and yes they do take more than a couple of attempts but generally I don’t pre-empt scoping out an Instagram friendly spot.
Back to Antigua and I have to say its one of the most photogenic places I have visited to date. My favourite style of photography is street-life and I’ve tried to capture as much of it as I can but Guatemala in general comes with a slight restriction when it comes to photographing the locals. By this I mean in particular the vendors you see in the streets, they do not pose freely for photographs I always ask for permission and was surprised that most refused. If they see or think that they may be in a shot, they will most definitely cover their faces. One of our guides told us this stems from a cultural Mayan religious belief around the face being a sacred part of the body. I was cautious that I respected the culture and customs at all times, as I do with everywhere I travel. This would be noteworthy if you plan on visiting in the future.
Have a peruse at some f my favourite images that you may see making an appearance on Instagram in the upcoming weeks!
The Colonial Architecture
Colonial Rainbow Walls
I have to admit these were some of the most fun photos to take as locals and even police officers started snapping me whilst Dr C was framing shots!! If you like a stride-by like Dr C then there are an array of coloured walls to chose from!
Hope you enjoyed perusing my photo gallery from Antigua? Tell me what’s your photo
style when travelling?